Illes & Thomas Earn Awards at 2011 George Washington University Senior Honors Luncheon
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Cameron Illes (So., Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) was named the men's water polo team's Most Valuable Player and Peter Thomas (Sr., Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson Classical) received the Excellence in Leadership Award at George Washington University's annual Senior Honors Luncheon on the GW campus.
Cameron posted the third-highest single-season saves total in GW history with 267 in 2010, highlighted by a single-game program record tying 19 saves against 19th-ranked Navy at Charles E. Smith Center in October. The sophomore also helped the Colonials post the fifth-highest team grade-point average in the nation while earning outstanding academic status from both the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA and Association for Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC).
Thomas, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council President, and senior men's swimmer Andrew Maguire, SAAC Vice President, made a concerted effort to foster involvement across the entire athletic department this year, not only from their student-athlete peers, but from coaches, staff and administrators as well.
The duo organized the successful SAAC Dodgeball tournament in December to raise funds for Miriam's Kitchen, and the SAAC Kickball tournament at Mount Vernon Field to help raise funds for the DC Special Olympics. They also teamed with local Special Olympics chapters in January to sponsor a halftime basketball game at Smith Center.
Both athletes assisted in increasing efforts in promoting varsity sporting events with the "Spring Sports Weekend on the `Vern" event earlier this month and the "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" promotion for baseball's series against Dayton at Barcroft Park.
They have sought to improve communication throughout SAAC by surveying representatives for ideas and initiatives and lobbied Athletic Department administration to attend SAAC meetings.
An international affairs/international economics major, Thomas has appeared on the Athletic Department Dean's List four times and was a CWPA and ACWPC Scholar-Athlete Teams honoree as a freshman.
Release courtesy George Washington Athletic Communications